Eric Margolis


Internationally syndicated columnist Eric Margolis discusses US displeasure with “puppet” Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s recent intransigence, the solid representation of former Afghan Communist Party members in the current government and security forces, how the US broke up peace talks between Karzai and the Taliban, the difficulty of getting the straight story on 9/11 and why the micromanaging of Afghanistan’s politics is the height of arrogance and stupidity.

MP3 here. (42:45)

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn. He is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Libya’s Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow. A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was featured in a special appearance on Britain’s Sky News TV as “the man who got it right” in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq.

Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet and American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World.

17 thoughts on “Eric Margolis”

  1. Well, from what I heard about 1980s Afghanistan is that Hizbi Islami received hugely disproportional chunk of the aid relative to their size not because they did majority of the fighting, but because they were the most ideologically driven and therefore seen as the most dependable. Theirs ideology was basically that of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Also there were more than seven resistance groups. Seven was the number of Sunni Islamist groups on the payroll of the US. But then there were also groups that did not receive aid from the US. Shias and small numbers of Maoists and IIRC early on non-communist secularists aka "Nationalists".

  2. Sleep with dogs, wake up with flies.

    Also, in the comment section before the "Bin Laden was/is CIA" guys show up.

    Also, considering that in 1996 Azzam said that he "would drive the Americans out of Saudi Arabia and liberate Palestine" and it took 14 years and one general for the idea that Palestine might have something to do with with volatile political situations to be floated in the MSM, the word "slowpokes" comes to mind.

  3. I think the closing part of the interview is most important. Will bankruptcy stop the empire? I'm pretty sure the MIC has wargamed all this and has figured how they will keep going even with a worthless dollar.

  4. Hey Scott, I hope you get James Bamford back on your show soon. I just read 'Body of Secrets' (wow) and now understand Chavez calling Bush diablo and Putin's very hostile behaviour (other than the meddling of course). I know you have read 'the Shadow Factory' but I really think at some point you should do a show on how much and how the US eavesdrops because it must drive these other world leaders to distraction – knowledge is power and if the US knows everything well…… I think it is very very provocative and I bet it causes more rage than virtually anything else. Chavez probably does business in a 96 page exercise book and sleeps in a different bed every night. He doesn't matter in the scheme of things but generally I think this is *a great evil* to be able to eavesdrop as they do. They have to do some but from what Bamford outlined about the 1960's (he didn't obviously use more up-to-date info) they are literally bouncing things off the moon and there's nothing they can't hear, spy on, don't know – ie they need to be very discrete about it and I bet they aren't. You really lose the moral highground altogether when you are a rampant peeping tom.

  5. Scott, You might like to add Peter Dale Scott's book, The Road to 9/11 to your reading list. then invite him onto your show. I know that you are a great admirer of Mr Margolis, but Scott has forgotten more about these issues than Margolis ever knew.

  6. I just found antiwarradio…thankyou!!
    I am a 61 yr old Viet vet (not proud of it)
    What also has to be taken in mind, how i feel and experience
    You take boys right of high school and put them in
    a complete lawless environment many bad things will happen.
    thank you again,,,,,

  7. The Soviets were about a half century early in Afghanistan, as the French were a century early in Russia itself and in Spain and Portugal.

  8. Read the Mitt Romeny's Mine Kampf that he wrote you will be shocked,and he is the leading contender for the GOP persidential nomination in l912.

    1. Hello Hassan. Please don't think all Americans are stupid. Some of us have no ill-will for Iran. Not all of us believe the lies of the media and the Zionist lobbies. Not all of us support the military-industrial complex and its endless wars for profit.

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